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  • How to Apply for a Tanzanian eVisa

    Chris Walker Bush
    February 22, 2019

    The Tanzanian eVisa - Finally!

    For a long time now, visitors to Tanzania have had two options when it came to getting a visa:

    • They could arrange this on arrival and deal with airport queues;
    • They could apply in advance by mailing their passport to the nearest consulate or embassy.

    While both of these options were relatively painless, neither could boast the convenience of the online visas that so many other countries offered.

    At long last, Tanzania has moved into the 21st century and is offering future tourists the chance to fill out an easy online form to get their Tanzanian eVisa.

    Let the Shadows of Africa team walk you through the simple process of applying for your Tanzanian eVisa.

    #1 - Go to the Tanzanian eVisa website

    First thing's first. Go to the Tanzanian Visa website. It should look like this:Tanzania Visa 1

    You're going to scroll down to the box in the lower left corner: New Application.

    Go ahead and click that.

    #2 - Set Up An Account

    On the next page, you'll be prompted to enter your email address as well as selecting a security question and answer.

    You'll also need to complete a CAPTCHA form to prove you're human. If you are not human, you can't get a visa, I'm afraid.

    On the next page, you'll be presented with your application information: an application ID and the date. You'll want to write both of these down!

    #3 - Fill Out Your Application

    The next few pages will have you fill out the meat and bones of your application.

    • Page 1: Fill out your personal information such as name, date of birth, and nationality.
    • Page 2: Provide contact information, your present and permanent addresses, and your employment information.
    • Page 3: Provide your passport information as well as information on your parents. Weirdly, you are required to provide information on your legal guardian. Just put your own name or your parents' name here.
    • Page 4: This one is a little trickier, so we'll cover it in the next section!

    Tanzania Visa 2

    #4 - Travel Information

    Up until now, this has all been pretty straightforward, but the fourth page of your application gets a little more complicated.

    1. You'll be asked to list the country in which you are applying and the nearest embassy. There is a limited selection of embassies here, so choose the one in your country or, if all else fails, select immigration headquarters.
    2. When asked for your Type of Visa, you'll need to select Ordinary (or Multiple Entry, if need be). For Purpose of Your visit, select Leisure and Holiday.
    3. If you have visited Tanzania previously, you'll need to provide the date of your last entry as well as your visa number from that visit.
    4. For your travel plans, select all that apply. Be sure to select the correct Port of Entry - the airport or land border crossing. If you aren't sure, ask your Shadows of Africa Safari Expert!
    5. When asked for your Local Host, select:Host: Company/Organisation
      Full Name: Shadows of Africa
      Mobile Number: Enter the contact number provided in your booking contract
      Email: Enter the email address of your contact at Shadows of Africa
      Company: Shadows of Africa
      Relationship: Tour Operator
      Physical Address: Mateves, Arusha, Tanzania
    6. Lastly, it will ask you for your accommodation. Ask your Shadows of Africa contact for the address of the first hotel in your itinerary and enter this.

    #5 - Travel Companions

    On the following page, you'll be asked two questions:

    • Are you traveling as part of a group or organization?
    • Are you being accompanied by minors?

    If the answer to either of these is 'yes', you'll be prompted to provide additional information.

    #6 - Documents

    On the next page, you'll be asked to upload a passport sized photo, a copy of your passport's photo page, and an invitation letter.

    An invitation letter is not actually needed for a tourist visa, but the system is set up to require one.

    Your booking contract will work in place of a formal invitation letter.

    #7 - Final Steps

    On the next page, you'll be asked to review the information you've submitted and agree to a Declaration Statement.

    Make sure everything is 100% correct, as you can't change it after this.

    You'll then make payment for your visa and be provided with confirmation.

    Visas are $50 USD (or $100 USD for US citizens), just as they would be at the border or airport upon arrival.

    You're done!

    Checking the Status of Your Tanzanian eVisa Application

    To check on the progress of your application, return to this website.

    You'll find a Visa Status button in the bottom right corner. Enter the details you were provided in step two and you're all set!

  • Wildebeest Migration in Seronera! Two more successful safaris!

    Lesia
    June 9, 2017

    The Wildebeest migration is beginning to capture the imaginations of travelers from around the world at this time of year.

    Our guide, Musa has just shared his experience with his client, Benjamin.

    First, they had a wonderful trip to Lake Manyara National Park where they saw lots of elephants, hippos, zebras, and impalas. After an overnight in a wonderful Serena Lodge, they headed to the famous Serengeti National Park where they observed the movements of wildebeests and zebras.

    After the calving and green seasons have finished, the animals are slowly moving to the north of the Serengeti to cross the Mara River into Kenya’s Maasai Mara. Before that, they still need to cross one more obstacle– the Grumeti River.

    Besides wildebeests, Benjamin and Musa were lucky enough to spot lions, buffalo, antelopes, giraffes, and even leopards in the Serengeti. They also spotted rhinos, baboons, and some more hippos in Ngorongoro. In the end, they saw all of the Big 5 and more!

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    Our clients from Slovenia, Anja, Miha, Ester, and David had a full six days of safari and it was incredibly exciting.

    Our driver, Alex shared some pictures from their trip so we can prove it! They started in Tarangire and it was a perfect park to see herds of elephants. Tarangire is most famous for its huge population of these African giants.

    The Serengeti treated our travelers even better because they had a chance to meet lots of predators including lions, cheetahs, and a gorgeous leopard in an acacia tree.

    As if trying to one up the Serengeti, in Ngorongoro a pride of male lions was so close to the car that they didn’t need to use any binoculars! While not as close, they also saw the rarest animal from the Big Five – the endangered black rhino. Completed with buffaloes along the way, our travelers had the Big Five done.

    Their trip continued to surprise, as they were extremely lucky to see the famous tree climbing lions in Lake Manyara National Park.

    Just look at the pictures how they are relaxing on acacia tree!

    This rare behavior you can see only in only two world famous parks – Lake Manyara National Park in Tanzania and Queen Elizabeth National Park in Uganda.

    Though from our driver’s experience, we can say that sometimes you can spot them in some other Northern Parks of Tanzania and this is even rarer and unique! Tanzania can always surprise guests with its stunning and unpredictable wildlife.

  • TripAdvisor launches “No Touching of Wild Animals” Policy

    Lauren Smith
    November 14, 2016
    It’s been just over a month since TripAdvisor banned ticket sales to attractions that allow contact with wild animals, and we thought it was about time that we put our two cents in.
  • Do's & Don't's on Safari

    Chris Walker Bush
    September 12, 2016
    A safari is the ultimate vacation experience, but there are a few do's and don't's you need to know to ensure you stay safe and have fun.
  • What to Read When You're Travelling in Africa

    Lauren Smith
    September 8, 2016

    As today is International Literacy Day we thought we'd share a list of some of our favourite books on Africa. Here's are selection of what to read when you're travelling through (if you haven't already!):

     

    THINGS FALL APART
    by Chinua Achebe


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    HALF OF A YELLOW SUN

    by Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche
    half-of-a-yellow-sun

     

    LONG WALK TO FREEDOM

    by Nelson Mandela
    long-walk-to-freedom

     

    GORILLA'S IN THE MIST

    by Dian Fossey
    gorillas-in-the-mist

     

    IT'S OUR TURN TO EAT: A STORY OF A KENYAN WHISTLEBLOWER
    Michela Wrong
    its-our-turn-to-eat

     

    Let us know what you think! What would your suggestions be?

    Pin me!

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  • Yellow Fever Update for Visitors to Tanzania

    Chris Walker Bush
    July 26, 2016
    A number of important announcements have been made concerning Yellow Fever vaccinations in the past week. Read on to learn all of the latest news.
  • How to Apply for a Ugandan Visa

    Chris Walker Bush
    July 6, 2016
    Under new law, visitors to Uganda are now required to apply for a visa online ahead of their arrival.
  • Shadows of Africa Earns TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence

    AdminSoa
    June 9, 2016
    Shadows of Africa has been recognised with the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2016!
  • A Sweet Treat for Shadows of Africa Clients

    Chris Walker Bush
    June 8, 2016
    Shadows of Africa has teamed up with Chocolate Mamas to give all of our clients organic, locally made chocolate!

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